We’re Hiring!

PHA Logo Position Description – Contract Grant Writer

The Contract Grant Writer will work with Project HOPE Art’s leadership team, Board of Directors, and volunteer program staff to increase revenue by expanding institutional fundraising efforts.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, we are able to bring someone onto our fabulous team that can re-boot our funding sources and help us expand our educational platform using art + science. Are you our new super star? Are you unflappable? Tenacious? Dedicated to Developing World Education?  Are you comfortable with LOI’s? Collecting programming information and selling it to large scale donors? Awesome! Read on . . .

Our Contract Grant Writer will work in short spurts to seal the deal on grant applications large and small to provide project lift-off to a variety of art based educational initiatives.

Reporting to our Creative Director on the West Coast, this position will be a key member of our Development Team. Must be responsible for supporting the mission of Project HOPE Art by securing grants from corporations, foundations, individuals, and government agencies that support art and science education and service learning programs across Haiti and global education initiatives in developing countries around the world.

mimi rainbow Key Responsibilities
-Maintain and oversee execution of grants
-Initiate ongoing communication with key PHA staff to analyze funding needs, gaps and opportunities
-Research, identify and qualify funding opportunities from corporate, foundation, and government sources.
-Develop an understanding of program content to ensure integrity and quality of proposal writing

Idraw_Udraw-47 Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters preferred Minimum of 4 years of professional experience in grant writing and fundraising with successful track record for securing significant multi-year commitments from institutional donors A commitment to the mission of Project HOPE Art a must.

To be considered for the Contract Grant Writer position please submit cover letter, resume, and a list of grants you have successfully secured on behalf of international NGO’s to Melissa@projecthopeart.org – Project HOPE Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For additional information, please visit our website at www.projecthopeart.org


Help keep Project HOPE Art OPEN (for another year!)

third round_print_o-3We are skipping our annual Donor Dinner this year in lieu of a Holiday Auction. We are also asking for cold hard cash to keep us open, operating and able to help our friends in Haiti for another year.

Project HOPE Art is now a 501C3! To help support HOPE Art and keep art alive for kids in Haiti, please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation is greatly appreciated!Please give what you can, every teensy little bit helps: https://www.paypal.me/hopeart


To Donate via Check: Please make checks out to Hope Art, Inc and mail to: Project HOPE Art, 2322 Humboldt Ave, Oakland, CA 94601. Please include a note that contains current contact information so that we can make sure you get a receipt for your donation. We are always open to accept donations, large and small. Thank you for your support!


$50 gives art supplies to a hospital $100 provides a classroom of students sketch books to keep a creative journal $250 employs local interpreters for our artists $500 offers the opportunity for orphans to learn a creative trade $750 buys an artist transportation from the US to Haiti $1000 supports “the frame”; what holds PHA together and keeps us creative

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Music Class is Jammin’!

IMG_4735_wThe Project HOPE Art Art + Music Lab is alive and thriving, celebrating the joy of song, movement and sound with Haitian children in Port Au Prince. Last November 2014, The Project HOPE Art Team brought down three giant suitcases filled to the brim with donated instruments- ukeleles, guitars, melodicas, horn instruments, a keyboard, recorders and drums- for the students to learn with!  The children were thrilled at the sight of the array of instruments, and during the first music class, each student had a chance to hold, play and experiment with each new instrument, and began practicing together on basic drum and recorder tunes. And man! Do these kids have rhythm! Every student is allowed to take home their very own recorder to practice on, while the remaining instruments stay at the art center for everyone to share for the duration of the music class.

The Rythmn and Recycling Workshop, led by artist Rachel Znerold and Haitian musician Gueldy René, and supported by PHA founder Melissa Schilling and PHA Technology Teacher Christine Rosacranse, kicked off the Music Class with back-to-back weekend workshops in late November. Using recycled materials, from t-shirts and trims to bottle caps and buttons, each student constructed a musical costume that made a joyful noise with every stomp, shimmy and shake. The students practiced drawing and painting their favorite instruments, and using tin cans and pebbles, the students even constructed their own handmade percussion instruments, and adorned them all using glitter and paint.

During the second weekend, local musician Gueldy René wrote a new song  for the children, who learned the song and dance routine by Rachel Znerold that same afternoon. They students caught on quickly, adding their own flair to each movement, and the very next day, complete with musical costumes and choreographed dance moves,  the Music Class performed together for the first time ever at the Project Hope Art Graduation Ceremony for the Gardening Class. PHA Artists Sarah Boll and Liz Ancker were on the scene to create a festive Graduation Party, bursting with the energy of all the people, plants, art, music, and dance! The performance was a great success and the music class was buzzing with the excitement of creating music together.

Now, each Saturday, the students come from orphanages and schools throughout Port Au Prince to the Music Class at The Project HOPE Art Center to be taught by Gueldy, Juré and Winter– it is a weekly chance to escape to a beautiful community center to practice their instruments, learn how to read music, share the joy of song and enjoy a healthy meal together every week. Thanks to our generous donors, Project HOPE Art is able to provide weekly music classes for these students for the next several months, but we need your continued support to help the music and learning grow through the end of the year!  If you can help, please DONATE NOW!!


“I can’t find words to explain my gratitude to you, thank you…. Thanks for all the support, I hope when I play, that will make your ears fun!” -Luciano

“Thank you to Rachel, Melissa and Gueldy! With their help now I reading to play guitar.” -Wilka

 Help Keep the Music Alive!!! DONATE NOW to Project HOPE Art!


A big thank you to KK Graphics


Sometimes the right person at the right company comes along and saves your life.
That person was Julie Ma at KK Graphics.

Our deployment team to the Hurricane Yolanda disaster zone in the Leyte Province of the Philippines had placed an order with a large printing company based in West Oakland 3 weeks in advance of deployment.
At the last minute, it was learned that the print collateral order had never been printed.

Julie Ma to the rescue, with the minutes ticking down until our plane taxied down the runway, she calmly sent our digital file to the printer. In under an hour we had our stickers to hand out to children all over the disaster zone.

Thank You KK Graphics!
We owe you one.

#wingsfortacloban – a hurricane yolanda aftermath project

Soaring above your everyday struggles, free like a bird.

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It’s an idea we’ve all wished could come true in times of difficulty and stress. Fueled by your generous donations, Artists Jamie Lloyd & Melissa Schilling (along with community organizer, Justin Victoria) were be able to gift children (and their families) living in the tent cities and bunkhouses of the Tacloban disaster zone the ability to fly above their problems. Wings for Tacloban are imaginary art wings created for children.


The Wings
Project HOPE Art is an art collective that responds to disaster with pencils, paints, music and imagination.
We want to remind the children of Tacloban that they can overcome obstacles by gifting them the power to fly with wings. These wings do not just live on the chalkboard or wall. These wings belong to them and will allow them to fly and rise up above their problems, environment and situations. They should use their wings not just to solve their own problems but those issues facing their communities at large.

Nothing can stop a large group of living angels.

See our Wings Art Project in Haiti, featured in School Arts Magazine: http://www.schoolartsdigital.com/i/141579/54


The project outcomes are multi-leveled.
In the simplest terms children are encouraged to have a fun portrait snapped, printed and handed over. A memory to serve as a reminder to overcome obstacles and head towards dreams and goals. Our mobile printing studio was set-up onsite inside the tent cities and bunk houses. Children watched as each digital image was edited on smart phones and ipads and then sent to the mini-printer. A 4X6 image was spit out seconds later.

In addition to print portrait images, community message boards were created and left behind in every area. A frank discussion was started amongst parents, teachers, community organizers and children regarding their personal paths since Hurricane Yolanda. Lessons were taught about transforming simple, everyday ingredients into action-based toolkits.

We painted everything from a de-constructed kitchen wall in the No-Build Zone to the shell of a school classroom in Palo. We created double sided chalkboards with plywood. We painted over graffiti with bright primary colors and created sleek, glossy spaces to draw, write and dream.


Why Wings?
It has been nearly 7 months since Typhoon Haiyan, the world’s biggest-ever storm to make landfall, struck the central Philippines – killing more than 5,200 people, displacing 4.4 million and destroying $547m in crops and infrastructure.
In Leyte Province, 70 to 80 percent of the area was destroyed. Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, where five-metre waves flattened nearly everything in their path, suffered more loss of life than any other Philippine city. Outside the town centre, in a hillside cemetery, city workers have dug a mass gravesite which stretches along 100 metres.

Much of Tacloban has been turned to rubble, leaving many survivors homeless and dependent on aid.

Visiting the city, it is clear that – despite the help of the international community – it will take a very long time for the town to recover.


About the Bunkhouses of Tacloban
The bunkhouses are made of corrugated sheets, plywood and coco lumber and measure
8.64 square meters. 27 Bunkhouses in the San Jose District of Tacloban with water and electricity have been completed as of April 1, 2014. Another 66 remain to be built and equipped with basic necessities. Each bunkhouse has 24 units, although big families are given two units. The partition per unit was collapsed to accommodate bigger families.

We be painted broken down concrete walls, plywood, an old kitchen wall — with chalkboard paint in a variety of colors. Once dry, we cured the walls and armed the occupants of the bunkhouses with chalk. We hope to encourage creative thinking and hope.


Close to 2 million families were affected by the weather disturbance, considered to be the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall. 30 countries have already pledged financial and humanitarian aid amounting to 2.366 billion to victims of super typhoon Yolanda.

Use what you have. Any house paint will work, though we were able to find glossy latex. Mix in two heaping tablespoons of unsanded grout or plaster paris for every cup of paint. You may also make a thick paste of water and grout and then stir that into your tub or bucket of paint.
The final consistency should be that of thick yogurt.
For every 4X8′ Plywood Board plan on 3 cups in order to paint on two coats of paint.

Purchase Primary colors and allow the children to make their own custom hue.
We painted blue, red, purple and violet chalkboard walls.

Once the wall is dry, smudge chalk all over the surface.
Using an eraser or damp lint free rag remove the cured chalk smudges and begin your project.

For chalk we love big, chunky pieces of colored chalk. We traveled with a 48-pack of extra fat chalk in red, yellow, pink, blue and purple.

Good Luck and Happy Creating!